Just 1 week ago, 32 teams had a 2nd life in their college basketball season. After being eliminated in the first round of the real-life NCAA Tournament, they were sent to Battle of the Losers to see if they really were the best loser to take the earliest of exits. We’re now down to the final 4 in Detroit. From the East Region the Minnesota Golden Gophers won every game by double digits, including a 67-49 rout of #1 seed Florida State in the final to get to Detroit. The Mountaineers of West Virginia stunned the #1 overall seeded Wake Forest 76-72 in the Midwest final to win their region. In the South, another #1 seed in Illinois fell short, this time to Clemson and again in the regional final. The last semifinalist is our Cinderella of the tournament in Mississippi State. The #4 seed Bulldogs upset #1 Cal in the 2nd round and then pulled away from BYU in the West final 77-68.
The time has come. West Virginia plays Mississippi State in the first game, while Clemson vs. Minnesota is the second game. Winners advance to the final, while the losers go to the 3rd place game. The results after the jump!